Cape Town - Two first half goals by Khama Billiat and Themba Zwane plus
one second half strike by Hlompho Kekana saw Mamelodi Sundowns taking the full
three points, beating Free State Stars 3-1 in the Absa Premiership on Saturday
night at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The Brazilians are now three points behind log leaders
Bidvest Wits and on the other hand, Ea Lla Koto are now placed 13th with 11 points after Andrea Fileccia netted a consolation goal for them.
The hosts started on a low note but after three minutes of
action, Billiat gave the hosts an early lead when he headed home Keagan Dolly’s
supply as early as the fourth minute.
However, the match had to be delayed as the goal scorer collided
with the goalkeeper, Daouda Diakite and he later recovered although Billiat was
stretchered off and replaced by Mogakolodi Ngele.
Ea Lla Koto nearly found an equaliser when Fileccia broke
free towards the 18-yard area but his rushed effort went wide off Dennis
Just after 30 minutes of action, Leonardo Castro found
himself free in the box after receiving a good pass from Bongani Zungu and his
shot went above Diakite’s posts.
Four minutes later, Zwane made it two when he connected with
a pass from Tebogo Langerman on the left. Pitso Mosimane’s men continued to
control the proceedings and Dolly came close to scoring.
It was 2-0 at the interval and the resumption of the second
stanza and the visitors pulled one back through Fileccia as he beat the offside
trap in the 48th minute, he slotted home beating the oncoming Onyango.
Then Fileccia forced a great save from Onyango in the 72nd
minute from close range but six minutes later, Kekana showed his experience
against the run of play when he made a solo run through to the box and
unleashed a great low shot to beat the keeper making it 3-1.
With less than 10 minutes to wrap the encounter, Castro
found himself in a great position but his attempt crashed off the woodwork.